Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Apps: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish (Narrated By Matthew Modine)


I recently downloaded a new app that is truly a keeper for the iPad. Punky Dunk and the Goldfish – narrated by Matthew Modine – is based on a children’s book from a century ago. It’s interactive with a Spanish-language option included (Kate del Castillo voices that version).

Excerpt from press release: Punky Dunk is a charming series of children’s tales. The artist Kat Llewellyn wanted to develop them in this unique electronic way. Her excitement and enthusiasm for telling children’s stories sold me on the project,” says Modine. “The idea of turning these into interactive apps seemed like an exciting way to get children involved in reading, which was invaluable to me growing up.”

The storybook app was designed by Dumfun Productions as part of the Punky Dunk Project, using lost literature to develop an imaginative and dynamic learning experience for young readers. In homage to the original book, the app has been carefully hand-drawn to reflect the illustrations and watercolors of the 1912 print edition. To celebrate the book’s centennial, it features 101 interactive sounds and animations, expertly coded by Glow Interactive.

REVIEW: My preschooler loves this app – especially the title page where you can record your name. She must have done it a dozen times before getting to the story. I’m happy that the artist kept the classic look and the interactivity is fun. Spill a jar of milk, tap on flowers to make music, and roll a ball of yarn with the cat. Very nice app – I recommend you download this for your children.




3 Responses to “Apps: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish (Narrated By Matthew Modine)”
  1. Susan L says:

    A friend demonstrated this app for me, and I got it for my daughter. She loves cats, and she loves this app. It’s really charming and mellow, different from a lot of the iPad offerings out there. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Laura Reynolds says:

    This is a great app that my twin girls love! It’s perfect for winding them down at the end of the day, very calm and soothing. Definitely one of my favorites, too. Would love to see more from these folks.

  3. Samantha Edison says:

    Thanks for the tip. I got this and my 3-year-old loves it. It’s so nice to find something a little different from the standard fare. What’s old is new again! A very sweet and fun app.